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    Tourist Attractions in Seattle

    The most interesting tourist attractions places in Seattle. Photos and a brief description.

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    About Seattle

    Modern, dynamic and sparkling with glass skyscrapers, Seattle is pressed against Eliot Bay by a chain of Cascade Mountains. Magnificent views of the bay and a fascinating panorama of the urban landscape against the background of snow-capped peaks open from numerous observation decks of the city. Here you can spend long hours admiring the surroundings. At the service of lovers of sea walks is a well–developed ferry network, which allows you to get to the most remote corners of the coast.

    Almost all man-made attractions belong to the modern era. Tourists can learn about the history of the city in one of the local museums. The charm of Seattle lives in numerous parks, hides among the night lights of skyscrapers and shows itself in all its glory during magnificent sunsets.

    Top Tourist Attractions in Seattle

    Space Needle

    The tower was built in 1961 in the futuristic "googie" style, which was popular in the USA in the 1950-60 years. The opening was timed to coincide with the start of the World's Fair in Seattle. The length of the structure is 184 meters. At an altitude of 159 meters there is an observation deck and a restaurant "SkyCity". From here you can see the panorama of the city, Eliot Bay with islands, Cascade Mountains. The Space Needle is able to withstand the most powerful hurricane and earthquake with a magnitude of more than 9 points.

    Space Needle
    Pike Place Market

    Pike Place Market

    The public market, which began its work in 1907. It sells seafood, farm goods, handicrafts of local craftsmen, books, antiques. The market has gained popularity among tourists due to the fact that it is an improvised stage for street singers, actors, comedians and clowns to perform. There are an incredible number of small restaurants on the territory of Pike Place Market.

    Fremont Troll

    The sculpture, located in one of the districts of Seattle under the bridge of J. Washington. The figure of the fabulous creature is made of concrete and rebar. A whole group of local sculptors worked on it. The reasons for its creation are quite trivial – there used to be a garbage dump under the bridge. To finally get rid of it, it was necessary to occupy the space with something. So in 1990, the Fremont Troll appeared.

    Fremont Troll
    The Gum Wall

    The Gum Wall

    A kind of city landmark, which is a wall glued from top to bottom with chewing gum. It all started in 1993, when students standing in line at the box office of the theater out of boredom began to glue coins here with gum. Until 1999, the authorities tried to fight this outrage, but then gave up. Since then, the wall has been considered a tourist attraction.

    Safico Field

    A baseball arena equipped with a sliding roof. The stadium is the home of the Seattle Mariners. Its stands can accommodate up to 55 thousand spectators. The arena is suitable not only for baseball games, sometimes it hosts American football competitions, as well as performances by wrestlers. The stadium was built in 1999 in the Art Nouveau architectural style.

    Safico Field
    Century Link Field

    Century Link Field

    Another city stadium adapted for holding competitions in various sports. The Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Sounders football teams play here. The arena was built in 2002 near the Seattle business district. Century Link Field Park occasionally hosts concerts and exhibitions. The venue can accommodate up to 72 thousand spectators, depending on the type of event being held.

    Seattle Public Library-Central Library

    The city library consists of a whole network of book collections (27 branches in total). The main office is located in an eleven-storey glass and steel structure in the style of destructivism, built according to the project of R. Koolhaas in 2004. It can be called one of the most outstanding buildings of the city. The book collection was founded in 1890, today more than 2.5 million copies are stored in its collections.

    Seattle Public Library-Central Library
    Chihuly Garden and Glass

    Chihuly Garden and Glass

    The American glassblower artist D. Chihuly has created a huge number of sculptures for 40 years, which are now exhibited in several dozen museums around the world. The Glass Garden in Seattle is one of his most famous projects. It is located in the city center and is an open-air exhibition of the artist's works. Glass flowers and trees "grow" here, shimmering with all possible colors.

    The Museum of Flight

    A private museum dedicated to space and aviation. It is located on the territory of the very first Boeing plant. The exhibition includes more than 150 aircraft produced at different times, as well as a collection of parts and models of spaceships. The museum was founded in 1956. There are several interactive exhibitions, including the air traffic control center, where you can learn about what is happening in the airport control room.

    The Museum of Flight
    Museum of Pop Culture

    Museum of Pop Culture

    The museum exposition will interest music and film lovers. It is divided into thematic sections: musical, costume and fantasy. The latter is dedicated to such legendary films as "Alien", "Star Trek", "The Fifth Element", "Star Wars", "Terminator". There are quite a lot of interactive exhibits in the museum. For example, visitors are invited to play the guitar themselves or make a musical arrangement.

    Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI)

    The collection will tell visitors about the history of Seattle, starting from the end of the XVIII century. The museum is divided into 10 halls, each of which is dedicated to a historical event or process: the industrial boom of the XIX century, the great fire of 1989 and other important incidents. Next to the museum there is a small park where you can walk after the tour.

    Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI)
    Seattle Art Museum

    Seattle Art Museum

    The museum was founded on the basis of the Seattle Society of Fine Arts and the Washington Art Association. In 1933, a monumental Art Deco building designed by K. F. Gould was erected for the collection. Now there is a branch of the museum, and the main exposition moved to Park Avenue in 1991. In 2007, another division was opened to the public — the Olympic Sculpture Park.

    Benaroya Hall

    The concert hall where the city Symphony Orchestra performs. It is considered one of the best venues in the world due to its excellent acoustic properties and luxurious finishes. Benaroya Hall was erected in 1998. Most of the funds for its construction were donated by philanthropist D. Benaroya. The hall consists of two classrooms. The large one accommodates up to 2.5 thousand people, the small one is designed for 500 spectators.

    Benaroya Hall
    University of Washington

    University of Washington

    The educational institution was founded in 1861. Today it is one of the largest in the northwestern United States. Among its graduates, eight are Nobel Prize laureates. The university is located in several buildings. The Suzallo Library, which is located in a neo-Gothic mansion, deserves special attention. The structure of the university includes the Burke Museum of Natural History and the Henry Art Gallery.

    Columbia Center

    The most grandiose city skyscraper, built according to the project of C.L. Lindsey in 1985 (almost 300 meters in height). From the outside it seems as if it consists of three towers, in fact it is a single structure. On the 73rd floor of Columbia Center there is an observation deck from where you can take spectacular photos. Restaurants, conference rooms and a library are located on the 74th and 75th floors.

    Columbia Center
    Seattle Aquarium

    Seattle Aquarium

    An oceanarium and at the same time a research center located on the waterfront of Eliot Bay. It was opened in 1977, and about 900 thousand people visit it annually. In the aquarium you can see many representatives of marine fauna: exotic fish, seals, sea beavers, seals, sharks, as well as birds living on the shore. There is a souvenir shop and a cafe on the territory of the aquarium.

    The Seattle Great Wheel

    The Ferris wheel was built in 2012. Its height reaches 53 meters, which makes the attraction the largest among its kind on the northwest coast. In 42 wheel booths 300 people can fit. One trip includes three full turns. This is enough time to take panoramic photos of Seattle and Eliot Bay. A ride on a wheel greatly diversifies the leisure of a tourist.

    The Seattle Great Wheel
    Ballard (Hiram M. Chittenden) Locks

    Ballard (Hiram M. Chittenden) Locks

    The locks were created to maintain the level of fresh water in Lakes Union and Washington. They were built from the middle of the XIX century to the 20-30s of the XX. Tourists come to see how ships pass through the locks, as well as to take a walk in nearby parks and take a look at the sea lions who have chosen the embankments. During the weekend there are quite a lot of people here and it is difficult to find a parking space.

    Woodland Park Zoo

    The menagerie is located on the territory of the park of the same name. It occupies an impressive area of 37 hectares. In total, the zoo is home to several hundred species, of which 5 are endangered and 35 are threatened with extinction. The inhabitants live in thematic zones with "talking" names: "African savanna", "Vine Trail", "Elephant Forest", "Tropical Forest". Sometimes, because of the large size of the enclosure, the animal is not so easy to see.

    Woodland Park Zoo
    Kerry Park

    Kerry Park

    A small park with an area of 0.5 hectares, which was presented to Seattle by the Kerry couple in 1927. One of the main attractions of the place is the observation deck. It has long been favored by photographers who come here to shoot stunning sunrises and sunsets, as well as a fascinating night panorama of the city. The park is no less popular with couples in love and romantically minded singles.

    Gas Works Park

    A city park in which impressive industrial structures stand among green lawns and trees. This is a former gasification plant of the beginning of the XX century. Instead of dismantling the company that had worked out, the authorities decided to break up a park around it, and leave the buildings as a souvenir for posterity. Today, the plant can be viewed not only from the outside, but also take a fascinating tour through its deserted corridors.

    Gas Works Park
    Green Lake Park

    Green Lake Park

    Green Lake is located on the shore of a large lake. Here you can take a walk in good weather, have a picnic on the green lawn, barbecue in a special area or take a boat ride. At any time of the year, the park is full of runners, cyclists and people just walking. Near Green Lake there is a residential area built up with small picturesque houses.

    Discovery Park

    The largest city park with an extensive green area adjacent to the shores of the bay, and 20 km of walking paths. Despite the magnificent views and the opportunity to observe marine life and birds, reviews about this place are quite contradictory. Some tourists complain about the smell of sewage and suspicious individuals who wander in this park in the evenings.

    Discovery Park
    Alki Beach

    Alki Beach

    The beach is located in the west of Seattle on the territory of the peninsula of the same name, just in the very place where the first Europeans landed in the middle of the XIX century and founded a settlement. The water here is cool enough, so swimming is not always comfortable, but visitors are provided with an excellent tan and fresh sea air. On the beach there are restaurants with interesting cuisine and bungalows where you can stay for a few days.

    Washington State Ferries

    Washington State has the largest ferry fleet in the United States. A network of routes covers the coast like a huge spider web. Interestingly, most of the ferries are named after Indian names. One of the main tourist attractions in Seattle is a boat trip on one of these vessels. You can go on a trip from one of the many terminals located in the city.

    Washington State Ferries

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